Londoners take Christmas very seriously. The festive fever starts when the Oxford Street Christmas lights are officially switched on (this year's date is still to be confirmed, but it usually happens around mid-November).
For nearly 500 years, the emperors living within Beijing's opulent Forbidden City dictated who could enter and leave. Well, the gates have opened, and tourists are pouring in to see it all for themselves. Attendance is up by 2.5 million since 2010.
It is no wonder that New England's rippling shoreline, gouged out with inlets and bays, was a sensible stop and haven for mariners and colonists from Europe to stop and settle, offering safe harbors and a seemingly bottomless supply of seafood.
Some spots have earned their bad reputation by charging high fees for underwhelming, overcrowded attractions. But others have cemented their status as beloved attractions, either by reinventing themselves or staying exactly the way you remember them from your childhood.
I think a lot of people think too deeply about travel, as if every moment on the road has to have profound impact and meaning. I've always found travelers who shun anything "cheesy" to be some of my least favorite.
Only now after standing in front of it can I say that seeing this monument in real life is pretty mind-blowing. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that Mt. Rushmore is a jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring experience that you really have to see in person to understand.
Whether you're headed to the Emerald Isle any time soon or simply window-shopping, we've rounded up 10 of the best attractions Ireland has to offer, from natural wonders on the Atlantic coast to Dublin's literary highlights.
Does just the thought of standing in long lines for Europe's biggest attractions this summer make you sweat? Ditch the crowds and send a chill down your spine instead by visiting Europe's 10 strangest tourist attractions.